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Saturday, January 31, 2004
Release date for the upcoming album is set to 16 February '04!
Prologue Dialogue- the reason
The Thesis's seasons
A sphere in a sphere? (to infinity)
A microscopical macrocosm
Dark Matter mystery (blackbody spectrum)
Artifacts of Chaos (instrumental)
Epilogue Metalogue-sharpen your mind tools
Tristania has booked Toproom Studio with Børge Finstad as producer for the recording of the upcoming album. The recording will occur in April and May 2004
We are proud to announce the new singer, Gabriele Grilli. He is known with the monicker "Nightcomer" when he recorded the debut album of the epic metallers Doomsword. Gabriele is a great talent, with a powerful voice , melodic and theatrical that sometime can remember the best performace of Bruce Dickinson but with is own incredible personality. Special thanks to Alessandro Del Vecchio, from Fury N Grace, the other Gabriele's band.
We can't wait to begin to work with him to create an unforgettable new album !
If you are just curious about his voice you can download 3 samples, one is the extracted from Doomsword's debut album, the song is entitled "One Eyed God" , the second one is taken from the trial he did to become Thy Majestie's singer and the third is a little surprise that Gabriele did for us , an acoustic version of a piece of "Through the Bridge of Spears" , it 's an home-recording but it's worth a listen !
1- Gabriele-Doomsword : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/Doomsword-Lele.mp3
2-Gabriele-Echoes : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/Echoes-Lele.mp3
3- Acoustic-Bridge : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/acoustic-bridge.wav
18th November 2003
Dario Grillo left ! Due to personal reasons Dario is no more the singer of Thy Majestie and he'll follow his soloist career. New singer will be announced soon , stay tuned!
On November 24th Scarlet Records will release a mini-CD entitled "Echoes of War" . The mini will contain the song "Echoes of War", "Hywelbane", a very short guitar intro, and two songs featured as bonus tracks in Thy Majestie's japanese and brazilian previous release : "Facing the beast" and a cover of Stryper's "In God We Trust".
We are now hard at work writing and rehearsing our new album which we hope will be released in the Autumn. You will be pleased to know that our Christmas completion album Mistletoe & Wine is our fastest selling album in the US to date.
That's actually what was written in her new year's messsage on her official site.
Damn... Having to wait till sept 05???!!! argh...
2004-01-23 - The new album is ready ! It's called "les Mémoires Blessées", and will be release in Feb - March 2004. A limited edition will be available. Some concerts are also planned in France, Italy Spain and Germany. More info soon
(source : Dark Sanctuary's official site).
Megadeth.com is currently hosting a clip of "new MEGADETH music" along with an audio message from Dave Mustaine. Check it out here!
Mustaine is currently collaborating with one-time MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland on new MEGADETH material which he plans to release later in the year through the Sanctuary label. Bassist Jimmy Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta have also contributed to the album, which Mustaine expects to have done by the end of March.
(Source : blabbermouth)
Wanna some fusion guitar virtuoso stuff? Check this Review!
Second part of DeSade's delicacy (special Believer).
Check it here!
By our very own hobbit from New Zeland : here!
First Armand DeSade's delicacy : here!
Monday, January 26, 2004
Planetblaze.com can today officially announce the tracklisting for the forthcoming B L A Z E studio album, "Blood and Belief".
02. Ten Seconds
03. Blood and Belief
04. Life and Death
05. Tearing Yourself to Pieces
06. Hollow Head
07. Will to Win
09. The Path and the Way
10. Soundtrack of my Life
This ten track CD is set for release in late March. We are also expecting to release the album artwork shortly so keep visiting planetblaze.com for the exclusive!
Saturday, January 24, 2004
ZILLO FESTIVAL 2004
16./17./18. Juli 2004
LORELEY FREILICHTBÜHNE in St. Goarshausen
Friday, January 23, 2004
M´era Luna 2004
Hildesheim (Germany) - Flugplatz Drispenstedt
ICON OF COIL
22nd January 2004 - Recording new album
Tristania has booked Toproom Studio with Børge Finstad as producer for the recording of the upcoming album. The recording will occur in April and May 2004.
22nd January 2004 - Booking & Management
Tristania is delighted to announce that they have signed with Continental Concerts for booking and management. All inquiries regarding the band (not fanmail) should be directed to Continental Concerts. See the contact info section for more information.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
"King of Fools" is the title cut of EDGUY's new EP, due on February 2 through Nuclear Blast Records. In addition to "King of Fools", the five-song effort will contain a 15-minute "making of" video clip (for Macintosh & PC) plus several exclusive cuts that will not appear on the band's forthcoming full-length album, "Hellfire Club", due on March 15.
The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake", "Hellfire Club" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible for the drum sound on the album. The final mix took place at the famous Finnvox Studios (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) in Helsinki, Finland.
As previously reported, EDGUY's "secret" gig at Cologne's Underground club on January 21 was recorded for broadcast on the WDR "Rockaplast" show the night of March 21/22. The group's complete set list for the concert was as follows:
01. Tears of a Mandrake
02. Fallen Angels
03. Lavatory Lovemachine
04. Painting On The Wall
05. Land of a Miracle
06. King of Fools
07. Save Us Now
08. Scarlet Rose
10. Out Of Control
"We're sure you'll be pleased to join us in welcoming back our original fiddler, Michael Mullen, as well as a newcomer -- bassist Ariane Cap from Austria. We bid a fond farewell to Sue and Mark and wish them all the best in their continuing adventures. The 2004 Tempest line-up will have its official debut at the big 15th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion show at The Veteran's Memorial Theatre, on Saturday, January 24th. We encourage you to reserve tickets early, as this is going to be a huge event!"
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY are back in the studio working on songs for their fifth CD, tentatively titled "The Inner Circle". The new album will be produced by singer Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage and engineered by Arnold Lindberg. A spring release through Inside Out Music is expected. In the meantime look for EVERGREY's new video, "I'm Sorry", to hit "Headbanger's Ball" and "Uranium" soon.
RockHarz Open Air
Osterode / Dorste, Germany
18. + 19. June '04
BURDEN OF GRIEF
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
"[...] In addition to that, bathory.se can reveal that the working title for the next BATHORY album apparently is "Dra Ballen i Gruset Grabbar". Whether that will also be its proper title eventually, we leave to anybody to decide for themselves.
It appears though, that album cover artwork and layout ideas have taken shape and all that remains now is for BATHORY's 12th album to actually be recorded. The plan is for BATHORY to enter the studio in early spring."
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY are in the process of reforming with a view towards releasing a new CD in late 2004 or early 2005. "[Drummer] Donald [Tardy], [guitarist] Allen [West] and I have been working on some new stuff and are thinking about a new album," singer John Tardy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We are just getting started and I know [Donald] has talked to [ex-OBITUARY guitarist] Trevor [Peres] about it, too. Right now we have no timeline or record deal set up, but we are writing songs. If all goes well, [the reunion] would be with all 'original' members [John, Donald, Allen, Trevor and bassist Frank Watkins]."
Although the reformed OBITUARY would likely perform select live shows before and after the recording of a new studio album, there is no truth to the reports that the band will make an appearance at the Sun N' Steel festival in Tampa in early March. "I don't know anything about a Sun N' Steel show...never heard of it," John said.
Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"), the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Finland's SINERGY will enter the studio in the spring to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"We actually have the majority of [the new album] written now, but we haven't actually been able to rehearse most of the songs yet with the whole line-up due to everyone's different schedules," singer Kimberly Goss said in an online posting. "I can tell you as of now myself, [guitarist] Alexi [Laiho], and [guitarist] Roope [Latvala] have written about 3 songs each. Some of them still have to be worked on, so perhaps the end result will be that more riffs are contributed from and/or changed by other members, therefore not making the song 100% mine, or Alexi's, or Roope's. This is the way we've always written. If you look at the songwriting credits on our previous albums, you'll see many songs that were written by more than one band member, and others that were written solely by just one of us. I just got off the phone with all the guys and we'll be starting some hardcore rehearsal sessions this week and continue until all the song arrangements are completed. The album will be recorded in the spring. Exact dates are not confirmed, but we should know very soon."
Friday, January 16, 2004
Burgfolk, 24.07.2004, Mülheim/Ruhr (Germany):
Connemara Stone Company
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Finland's STRATOVARIUS have announced the addition of a new singer and drummer to the group's ranks.
The following is the band's official statement on the matter:
"New vocalist for STRATOVARIUS is called 'Miss K' -K for Katerina-(http://www.stratovarius.com/index2.php?section=vocalist_missk) = photos).
"The vocal talents of this sultry Finnish lady vary from raunchy rock to classical operatic. Her voice range is over 3 octaves and she is capable of transforming STRATOVARIUS sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in Metal before.
"She is 30 years old and has a background in gymnastics, where she has twice become a Finnish Champion, and in acting.
"She has until now been singing in some local bands and has done over 200 gigs.
"Drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of [keyboardist] Jens Johansson.
"After selling over 1 500 000 copies of their previous records, STRATOVARIUS is now ready to take the next step in their career.
"The band will enter the studio, a secret place, in May to record 11th studio album, which has a working title 'PopKiller'.
"The album is due February 2005 followed up by massive World Tour.
"In legal news, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance. Tolkki refuses to pay it, and comments: 'They have sent me a notification and are asking me to pay that amount back. Their position is that the agreement was for the old line up. My legal staff doesn't interpret the agreement this way, and have advised me not to agree to this demand. It means that we might be going to court in Berlin, but I am confident I will win this case and that justice will prevail.'
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Finnish folk-inspired black metalers FINNTROLL will be issuing a five-song EP, "Trollhammaren", on March 15 through Century Media Records, to be followed by the group's new full-length album, "Nattfödd", on April 19. Both records were recorded and mixed at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland in November 2003 by Tuomo Valtonen and were produced by keyboardist Trollhorn. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. As on their previous records, the band successfully combines black metal with very melodic folk elements and humppa, a kind of polka, in such a powerful and highly entertaining way that even the hardest of metalheads are pleased to join the dance. And this time around, just about the album's release date, the band will hit the European roads again to kick some serious ass in the clubs together with fellow Finns ENSIFERUM and THE WAKE.
"Nattfödd" track listing:
01. Vindfärd / Människopesten
03. Fiskarens Fiende
08. Det Iskalla Trollblod
09. Grottans Barn
10. Routas Vaggvisa
"Trollhammaren" track listing:
04. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC GIG
Feb 7th 2004 Buxton Opera House nearly sold out!
Tickets for this event are nearly sold out so hurry, hurry, hurry!
Nick Harper and Rev Hammer will be among the guests. The gig will be filmed and recorded for possible use in the future.
Tickets Can be ordered from http://www.buxton-opera.co.uk/more.php?id=843 or telephone 0845 1272 190
ANTI-APATHY TOUR, SPRING 2004
24/03/2004 Weds Dudley JB'S 01384 253597
25/03/2004 Thurs Salisbury City Hall 01722 327676
26/03/2004 Fri Reading Hexagon 0118 9606060
27/03/2004 Sat London Forum 0207 3440044
29/03/2004 Mon Hull City Hall 01482 226655
30/03/2004 Tues Carlisle Sands Centre 01228 625222
31/03/2004 Weds Bradford Pennington's 01274 224488
01/04/2004 Thurs Stoke Victoria Hall 01782 213800
02/04/2004 Fri Middlesborough Town Hall 01624 242561
03/04/2004 Sat Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864
05/04/2004 Mon Cheltenham Town Hall 01242 227979
06/04/2004 Tues St Albans Arena 01727 844488
07/04/2004 Weds Aylesbury Civic Hall 01296 486009
08/04/2004 Thurs Margate Winter Gardens 01843 292795
17/04 BELGIUM, Rock Waregem
18/04 GERMANY, Cologne, Live Music Hall
19/04 GERMANY, Bochum, Zeche (TBC)
20/04 GERMANY, Osnabruck, Hyde Park (TBC)
21/04 GERMANY, Bremen, Schlachthof (TBC)
23/04 NETHERLANDS, Rotterdam, Nighttown
24/04 NETHERLANDS, Ultrecht, Tivoli
25/05 NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Melkweg
27/04 BELGIUM, Antwerp, Hofferlo
28/04 BELGIUM, Tongeron, Velinx
Tickets are available at www.wayahead.com or 0871-22-00-260 and www.wegottickets.com
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have commenced the recording process for the follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records.
The initial recording sessions for the CD are taking place at Mosh Studios in São Paulo, Brazil under the guidance of producer Dennis Ward (SILENT FORCE, PINK CREAM 69). So far, all the drums have already been completed and bass and guitar recordings will start this week.
Long-running Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have set "All For You" as the title of their forthcoming CD, tentatively due this spring through AFM Records.
"All For You" track listing, according to ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters (not in correct sequence):
01. All For You
02. Weapon X
03. The Nightmare Factory
04. The One
05. Demon Dance
06. Rage Absolute
07. Both Of Me
09. Dr. Psycho
10. Holding On
11. The Sound Of Horror
The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.
Los Angeles-based goth/death rock band HATESEX have posted a streaming-only preview of their cover version of the SLAYER classic "Black Magic" at this location. The song, which will appear on the HATESEX debut CD, "The Spiritual Palsy EP", features Martin Ain of CELTIC FROST on vocals and Erol Unala of CELTIC FROST/APOLLYON SUN on lead guitar.
HATESEX is the brainchild of former DIVA DESTRUCTION guitarist Benn Ra. Joining Benn in the new group is newcomer vocalist Krisanna Marie, who has previously performed live with 13TH SKY and PENIS FLYTRAP.
For more information on HATESEX, visit the band's official web site at this location.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Dong Open Air
16.07.-17.07 2004, Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld, Germany
My Darkest Hate
Sunday, January 11, 2004
It's rumored that Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens is working on a musical and new (or new versions of his old) songs.
Great news imo. :)
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Time for some new-year activity on the site. As you probably have noticed, updates have been somewhat scarce recently, but rest assured that we're not resting on our laurels. The songwriting for the next album is commencing with full force, and in a not-too-distant future we'll begin recording our seventh full-length album. More details regarding where, when and why will be posted here soon.
"The DVD is now available in the US as well ? finally! For a list of (worldwide) online vendors selling it, please visit Gtranquillity's site at www.dark-tranquillity.nl.
"For an upcoming project, we'd like to hear from people with DARK TRANQUILLITY tattoos, so if you're one of the lucky few, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The mini-tour in Italy about a month ago was a huge success, and we'd like to thank all of you that made it such a great experience. Photos from some of the shows will be uploaded in the near future.
Definitely kicks serious ass! check their details : Band of the month : Poison Black
Check it here!
Basically it's about roadies.
Lacuna Coil + Moonspell + Passenger + Poison black - Elysée Montmartre, Paris - 6/1/04
Gig review can be read here!
Vocalist Jani Lane has officially left WARRANT to pursue a solo career.
"This comes to us as no surprise," stated WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon in an official press release. "We always figured someday he would want to go after a solo career and today is that day."
The remaining members of the band will continue to compose, play and tour under the name WARRANT.
"We wish [Jani] the very best in all aspects of his life," said guitarist Erik Turner. "The band is very excited about new possibilities and some fresh blood. Maybe even a new record."
"We have always wanted to get back to what got us here in the first place," explained Dixon. "That includes putting the moves back on stage, playing the old songs people beg us to play and putting some much needed TLC back into the band. We are now looking for a new party-host, we want someone that can enhance what WARRANT already is, not change it. Again we wish Jani Lane all the best and look forward with much excitement of a new and improved WARRANT in 2004."
PARADISE LOST are hoping to enter the studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due in August.
"Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and was released in October 2002 through G.U.N./ BMG Records in Europe (Koch Entertainment in North America
Friday, January 9, 2004
Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have pushed back the release date of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan" (Karmageddon Media), to April 5. No reason was given for the delay.
"Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore".
The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on the final album and the remaining songs will be used as bonus-material.
Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Michael Collins", "The Gael", "The March to Cluain Tairbh", "Viking Slayer" and "1014 A.D."
Cover artwork for "Pagan" was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from "The Lord of the Rings" movies.
Download a short MP3 preview of the upcoming CD at this location :
Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Review by my bandmate Gilles. Read it here!
Monday, January 5, 2004
Evanescence has a new video of My Immortal for download at www.evanescence.com- it's also a new mix of the song, with the full band in the second half of the song.
Sweden's AMON AMARTH will enter Berno studio in Malmö in mid-May to record the follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", tentatively due in late 2004 through Metal Blade Records. No further information is available at this time.
AMON AMARTH recently teamed up with DESTRUCTION, DEICIDE, NILE, DEW-SCENTED, GRAVEWORM and MISERY INDEX for the X-Mass Festivals 2003 European tour. The trek, which kicked off on December 7 in London, England, "was really successful and that is all thanks to you fans that showed up on the shows to support the tour," AMON AMARTH write on their web site. "We couldn't ask for a better way to end this year of versus the world touring. A big thanks as well goes out to all of you others that been supporting the band during this year! It has been a hectic year and also a very rewarding one. Now we are going to rest for a week or so and then start to work on our next album."
Saturday, January 3, 2004
Added Skyclad "do they mean us?" to playlist.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Release date : march/april 2004 (?)
13 songs / 48 minutes.
1 Pipes intro
2 Do they mean us?
3 A good day to bury bad news
5 The song of no-involvement
6 Survival Campaign
7 Parliament of fools
8 Ten Little Kingdoms
9 Lightening the load
10 Like... a ballad for the disenchanted
11 Not the roman wall blues
12 Hybrid blues
13 Outro - the dissolution of parliament
SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have posted a brand new track, titled "Voices Within", in MP3 format at this location.
"Voices Within" comes off the group's sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence" (view cover here), due on February 23, 2004 through Austria's Napalm Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "At Sixes and Sevens" reportedly contains 54 minutes of brand new music and features artwork by Joachim Luetke (Image Eye-Luetke Prod.).